Rebecca Adlington storms to debut Commonwealth gold
7 October - Day Four Evening Session
Rebecca Adlington added the Commonwealth 800m title to her Olympic crown after a dominant performance on day four in Delhi.
I'm so pleased with that swim - my coach told me to stick with them but I thought I'd just go for it!
The 21-year old celebrated her Commonwealth debut with 200m bronze on Monday in India but insists the 800m is her preferred distance.
And the double Olympic champion didn't disappoint, heading qualifiers in Wednesday's heats before storming clear of the field in the final to win in 8:24.69.
While her time wasn't a season's best, Adlington insisted the only thing that mattered was touching the wall first.
"I'm so pleased with that swim," said Adlington, who held off a late challenge from South Africa's Wendy Trott. "It wasn't about the time here because it's difficult conditions and it's been a long season.
"I just wanted to get involved with the race. My coach told me to stick with them for the first 400m but I thought I'd just go for it."
Adlington's teammate Sasha Matthews (8:45.28) finished a credible sixth with Scotland's Megan Gilchrist (8:47.83) seventh and England's Aimee Willmott (8:49.31) eighth.
England’s Simon Burnett overcame Australia’s Olympic silver medallist Eamon Sullivan to clinch silver in the 100m Freestyle.
Burnett was defending his title in the final but could do little to stop Canada’s former world champion Brent Hayden from taking gold in a Games record 47.98.
But while Sullivan emerged the favourite to finish second after the turn, Burnett stormed back in the final 25m to haul in the Australian and take silver in 48.54.
“I just tried to focus on my own race,” said Burnett, who's England teammate Adam Brown (49.82) finished eighth. “I knew it had been a good 50 and so I tried to hold it together as much as I could coming home.”
Ellen Gandy secured England’s first medal for 20 years in the 100m Butterfly. The 19-year old Commonwealth Games debutante qualified fastest for the final before clinching silver in a season’s best 58.06.
And Gandy admitted she was champing at the bit to return to the pool for a shot at gold in her favourite 200m fly on Friday.
“I’m so excited for the 200m now,” said Gandy. “It’s good that I was able to do so well in the sprints. It’s sometimes a bit hit and miss so to get a medal is great.”
Oh my days - I was so nervous before that. The most I've ever been!
Wales may have ended their 36-year wait for a women’s Commonwealth swimming medal when Jazz Carlin struck silver in Monday’s 200m Freestyle.
But Jemma Lowe ensured two would come in one Games as she touched after Gandy for bronze, clocking a season’s best 58.42 to collect Wales’ first women’s butterfly medal in Commonwealth Games history.
“Oh my days, I was so nervous before that – the most I’ve ever been,” said Lowe. “I was shaking. I’m just glad it’s over now to be honest but obviously I’m really glad I got a medal.”
England disability swimmer Stephanie Millward bagged her second medal of the Games, finishing second in the S9 100m Freestyle.
The 29-year old scooped S9 50m Freestyle bronze on Tuesday but went one better over the longer distance, clocking 1:03.69 to finish behind South Africa’s defending champion Natalie Du Toit.
Joe Roebuck added a fourth silver medal for the England team on day four, storming back in the breaststroke and freestyle legs to finish in 4:15.84 behind South Africa’s Chad Le Clos.
Commonwealth record holder Thomas Haffield (4:17.47) also made ground in the second half of the race but couldn’t overhaul South Africa’s bronze medallist Riaan Schoeman in the final metres.
English record holder Roberto Pavoni (4:19.81) and Scottish record holder Lewis Smith (4:21.64) struggled to impose themselves on the final, ultimately finishing seventh and eighth.
World champions Gemma Spofforth and Liam Tancock will occupy seeded lanes in tomorrow’s 50m Backstroke and 100m Backstroke finals respectively after qualifying second fastest.
Spofforth set a Games record in her morning heat and improved her time again to record a season’s best 28.29. Welsh record holder Georgia Davies (28.45) will join Spofforth in the final and will push for Wales’ third swimming medal of the Games after qualifying third fastest.
Meanwhile, Tancock cruised through his semi final in 54.32 with Wales’ Marco Loughran (54.45) setting a season’s best to progress fourth, England’s Chris Walker-Hebborn (54.76) a personal best in fifth and Ryan Bennett (55.50) squeezing into the final in eighth.
Scotland’s Craig McNally set a personal best 56.45 but missed the cut for his first Commonwealth final.
England’s Fran Halsall (25.18) and Amy Smith (25.49) safely navigated the 50m Freestyle heats in third and sixth while England Dan Sliwinski (28.53) and Wales’ Robert Holderness (28.74) progressed through the 50m Breaststroke semi finals in sixth and eighth respectively.
England’s 100m Breaststroke trio progressed through to tomorrow’s final. British record holder Kate Haywood (1:08.51) progressed fourth fastest with Stacey Tadd (1:10.16) seventh and 16-year old Achieng Ajulu-Bushell (1:10.60) eighth.
Finally, England’s Antony James will shoot for a medal in the 100m Butterfly after qualifying fourth fastest for tomorrow’s final. The 20-year old Plymouth Leander swimmer clocked 53.08 to finished second in his semi while Scotland’s Andrew Mayor (54.31) also progressed in eighth.
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